Georg Forster Research Fellowship (HERMES)

Top opportunities for researchers from developing countries

Please send us your application,

  • if you are a researcher with above average qualifications in a developing or transition country (see list of countries),
  • if you intend to conduct a long-term research project of your own choice (6 to 24 months) at a research institution in Germany together with an academic host you have chosen yourself,
  • if your research project includes aspects that are important for the continued development of your country and
  • if you want to contribute to the exchange of knowledge and methods between Germany and your home country.

We offer you

  • a monthly fellowship of 2,650 EUR for postdoctoral researchers (doctorate completed within the last four years) or 3,150 EUR for experienced researchers (doctorate completed within the last 12 years),
  • a flexible starting date and - for experienced researchers - the option of splitting the fellowship up into a maximum of three stays,
  • individual mentoring during the sponsorship period,
  • intensive German language course for fellows and their marital partners prior to the fellowship,
  • additional financial support for accompanying family members, for example, or for items like travel expenses or pension plans and
  • comprehensive alumni sponsorship once the research stay has come to an end, such as a Return Fellowship or further stays in Germany.

As many as 80 Georg Forster Research Fellowships can be granted annually. In the last few years, about one third of applications were successful (see also positive selection decisions since March 2013).

In addition, the Humboldt Foundation grants up to four Georg Forster Research Awards every year to leading researchers from developing countries. Get yourself nominated!

Unfortunately, it is not currently possible to apply for this programme.

„Forget your self-doubts and apply, you young researchers from developing countries! Your chances are much better than you think!“

Hyacinthe OndoaHyacinthe Ondoa
Germanist and cultural historian from Cameroon

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„At my host institute I had access to the latest specialised literature and to recognised experts in my field – this enriched my research work enormously.“

Maria BöhmMaría Laura Böhm
Jurist and sociologist from Argentina

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„Outstanding working conditions and a trusting, supportive atmosphere make my research in Berlin a pleasure.“

Hamid Taheri ShahraiyniHamid Taheri Shahraiyni
Environmental scientist from Iran

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„I had the chance to strengthen my career prospects and widen the scope of my scientific thinking.“

Hamid Taheri ShahraiyniAmina Saied
Agricultural scientist from Sudan

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„Once your fellowship is over, you are a Humboldt Alumnus and can apply for further funding. This helps research in poorer countries.“

Hamid Taheri ShahraiyniTsegare Gedif Ayele
Mathematician from Ethiopia

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„This fellowship offers a wonderful opportunity to conduct research in Germany, make advances in one’s own work and get to know the greats in your field.“

Hamid Taheri ShahraiyniHala El-Khozondar
Physicist from the Palestinian territories

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This programme is financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and co-financed by the European Union in the 7th Framework Programme.